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Bozo Puppet Mask (N° 14222)

Elaborate structure for this imposing piece of African bozo art.
Established on an open panel, five figures with articulated arms above an imposing bovine head with circular horns. This polychrome mask has eyes with long hair lashes. On the back, a cotton cloth concealed the support to move the mask.
The Bozo , mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the inner Niger Delta and remain semi-nomadic today, moving their homes as seasonal floods continue. Mande-speaking people, they speak sorogama. Within their group, we can distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie.Besides their remarkable masks, the Bozo and the Bambara are renowned for their puppets of varied size and frequently articulated, exhibited during the theater of puppets Sogow bo which organizes itself on the initiative of young people from the villages, mainly in the region of Ségou, and which plays an educational role. The invention of these puppets is attributed to the geniuses of the bush who removed Toboji Centa, a bozo fisherman.  

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Originex-collection Decoster
EthnyBozo
Countrymali
Material(s)wood, textile, crin
Height87
Width47
Weight6.80 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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